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Senate blocks bid to speed pipeline from Canada

March 9, 2012

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— Under pressure from the White House, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday blocked a Republican bid to speed approval of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

The 56-42 vote came after President Barack Obama called Democratic senators to lobby them to oppose the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Even so, 11 Democrats sided with Republicans to sidestep Obama’s rejection of the pipeline and allow the $7 billion project to go forward. Sixty votes were needed for approval.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blasted Obama after the vote.

“President Obama’s personal pleas to wavering senators may have tipped the balance against this legislation. When it comes to delays over Keystone, anyone looking for a culprit should now look no further than the Oval Office,” McConnell said.

Democratic opposition to the pipeline “shows how deeply out of touch they are with the concerns of middle-class Americans,” McConnell added.

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that Obama called senators, but did not identify them.

“The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose route has yet to be proposed,” Carney said, referring to a yet-to-be-settled route that would avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region in Nebraska. Obama had cited uncertainty over the Nebraska route in rejecting the pipeline in January. The president said there was not enough time for a fair review before a deadline forced on him by Republicans.

Carney dismissed GOP claims that the pipeline would ease rising prices at the gas pump as “false advertising.”

Carney called the Republican proposal “ineffectual sham legislation that has no impact on the price of gas and is irresponsible because, as we said before, it tries to legislate the approval of a pipeline for which there is not even a route.” The State Department initially had blocked the project in November, citing concerns about a proposed route through the Sandhills.

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Dirty expensive oil is the last thing the USA needs on the market. Tell Canada to keep it in the ground.

Oil use must BE Cut back.

"oil shale and tar sands " are very very expensive and polluting processes. Then of course the pollution thereafter.

Bottom line is gas guzzlers must go. Trains, The T, smaller cars,bikes and feet must take center stage for everyday use on errands,shopping etc etc.

Local roads never ever pay for themselves = big tax dollar budget items.

Nuke power like coal power produce radio active waste and can only be had IF WE taxpayers want to foot the construction and insurance bills while the CEO's and shareholders laugh all the way to the bank.... no thank you! Coal power produces some mighty toxic waste.

I want a cleaner local source such as Bowersock Dam Power.

So many say look at France the nuke power dreamland. NOW France has a huge problem just like the USA. It's called radioactive waste that NO ONE wants in their backyard. Things are no longer going smoothly now that real life has hit the fan.

Kansas is rated number 3 in local wind power yet we have legislators and many others fighting off cleaner energy that would bring thousands of new permanent jobs to Kansas AND more tax revenue. Let's instead generate more tax dollar revenue by smart economics!

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

You have left out natural gas, which when compressed, is referred to as C.N.G. It's one of the cleanest burning fuels there is. The United States has one of the most abundant supplies of natural gas in the world.

And, you can buy a C.N.G. powered Honda Civic today, if you make a short trip to Oklahoma. Or, you can buy it in California, New York, and Utah. Later, it will be available in other states. It's a very nice car. Here, have a look at it:

http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-natural-gas/

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

The amount of recoverable crude oil that Saudi Arabia has is a very closely guarded national secret, did you know that?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

It's probably much less of a secret than it is mostly a matter of conjecture. The quantity of recoverable reserves, whether oil or methane, isn't an exact science anywhere in the world.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

Production was only halted for 6 weeks, then it will resume again.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

"Carney dismissed GOP claims that the pipeline would ease rising prices at the gas pump as “false advertising.”"

Am I the only one that does any reading? Apparently so, because it is obvious Carney is right. There's a big smear campaign going on, and the American public seems to be falling for it.

Clipped from: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/aswift/keystone_xl_is_a_tar_sands_pip.html

"One of the most important facts that is missing in the national debate surrounding the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is this – Keystone XL will not bring any more oil into the United State for decades to come. Canada doesn’t have nearly enough oil to fill existing pipelines going to the United States. However, existing Canadian oil pipelines all go to the Midwest, where the only buyer for their crude is the United States. Keystone XL would divert Canadian oil from refineries in the Midwest to the Gulf Coast where it can be refined and exported. Many of these refineries are in Foriegn Trade Zones where oil may be exported to international buyers without paying U.S. taxes. And that is exactly what Valero, one of the largest potential buyers of Keystone XL's oil, has told its investors it will do. The idea that Keystone XL will improve U.S. oil supply is a documented scam being played on the American people by Big Oil and its friends in Washington DC."

Clipped from: http://kucinich.us/media/dennis-plain-dealer-column-pipeline-would-cost-ohioans

If the Keystone XL pipeline is built, most of that Canadian oil will be sent to refineries on the Gulf Coast, most likely to be refined into products that are shipped to foreign customers. The oversupply of Canadian oil in the Midwest will be eliminated, and prices for gasoline here will increase.

This is not just my conclusion. This is the conclusion of TransCanada, the company that wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This is the conclusion of international energy consultant Purvin & Gertz Inc. (PGI), the company that TransCanada hired to evaluate its Keystone XL pipeline. And this is the conclusion of respected oil market economist Philip Verleger. That is why TransCanada wants to build this pipeline.

TransCanada's permit application to the Canadian government for the pipeline included documents and testimony that said that Canadian oil companies could use the pipeline to increase America's fuel bill by up to $4 billion per year by limiting the supply of Canadian crude to Midwest refineries and rerouting it to Gulf Coast refineries. This benefit to Canadian oil companies was used by TransCanada to argue that approval of the pipeline was in Canada's interest. But this information was conveniently hidden when TransCanada applied for a U.S. Presidential Permit from the State Department."

Go read the links and do some more web searching if you want to learn more. Or, you can ignore that man behind the curtain.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes, and gasoline prices have fallen just before every election lately. Of course, that's just a coincidence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

You're right-- this is all about spiteful jabs at big bad oil companies, and has nothing to do with the destruction of the environment-- after all, if you're ideologically pure enough, you can consume all the toxic air, water and food you want, with no ill effects.

If you don't believe it, just ask snap.

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